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Inspiring your CPD - June 2018

28 06.18

Thinking internationally

The CDI has launched a new International Digital Membership. As we welcome new international members, it is timely to review what practitioners can gain from international resources.

Activities here are simply ideas and are not compulsory. You can choose to do some, all or none; it won’t affect your membership of the CDI whether you take up these ideas or not, although they do reflect good practice.

If you are on the Register then undertaking 25 hours of CPD each year is a condition of your registration.

If you are a member then undertaking CPD helps you to adhere to the Continuous Professional Development principle in the CDI Code of Ethics.

Each month, we will suggest CPD activities which will allow you to explore a topic, interact with others and create a reflective record in the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Simply choose the items and activities that suit your role and your style.

All the resources mentioned, and many more, are also accessible with direct links from the CPD Resources area of the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Most resources are arranged according to the National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD), but international resources have a 2-part section of their own, alongside the main resource area.


International trends in employment and skills

Cedefop is the EU body tasked with analysing skill needs and vocational training responses. Recent publications include Insights into skill shortages and skill mismatch, which comments on the underutilisation of existing skills and the need for good career guidance and counselling.

At present the UK is included in EU studies, but this may not remain the case. Comparative studies are also conducted by OECD, typically covering its 35 member countries which are the more advanced economies in North and South America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Using the website’s ‘Topic’ tab, you can access a range of recent reports on employment, including skills and the future of work, and green growth and sustainable development.


Training and curriculum for career guidance professionals

The Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe (NICE) has worked since 2009 to create a number of common reference points to support competence-based academic training, research and doctoral training for the development of the career guidance profession across Europe. The publications supporting this serve as useful benchmarks for professional activities in the UK. They include a delineation of professional roles, European Competence Standards, and the NICE Curriculum Framework.

The Curriculum Framework offers a good basis for reflection on your own practice, perhaps in mutual discussion with a colleague, as it identifies cognitive, affective and behavioural aspects relevant to the various professional roles and competences identified by NICE.

The NICE Newsletter, accessible from the website, includes updates from many member countries.



The CDI participates actively on your behalf in the international symposia organised by International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP). On the ICCDPP website, using the Symposia tab, you can find country and international organisation papers prepared in advance of the symposium (26 in the case of Korea 2017) and a number of outcome documents.

The European Lifelong Guidance Policy network (ELGPN) worked from 2007-2015, producing tools, concept notes, policy briefings and reports which remain available on their website.


Sustainable development

Individual career decisions are often shaped by sustainability concerns, and the actions of employers directly influence social and environmental sustainability as well as employees’ wellbeing. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has pursued its Decent Work agenda since the 1990s. In 2015, Decent Work was linked to become a key delivery arm for goal 8 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.


An international community

The International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) links career development practitioners and researchers worldwide, and provides a voice in international arenas. See here for a report on IAEVG’s promotion of career development in the 2017 ILO General Assembly. IAEVG also supports international conferences: details in the most recent newsletter (June 2018)

At a European level, Euroguidance centres promote a European dimension and the exchange of information for guidance practice between 35 countries. An interactive map provides access to descriptions of guidance systems in these countries.



Research into career development has long been an international endeavour. Once strongly influenced by the USA, it now reflects substantial activity in other countries, including:

India: Indian Association of Career and Livelihood Planning. The journal is freely available to non-members, although other resources are ‘members only’.

Australia: VOCEDplus is a free international research database maintained by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). This searchable resource covers workforce, skill development and social inclusion, with many entries related to career development.

Canada: CERIC’s website includes 47 literature searches on career development topics, a searchable list of Canadian career researchers (with links to publications) and the Canadian Journal of Career Development (free to access).

New Zealand: The Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) website covers a Professionalism Project developing professional standards and competences (under ‘Our Profession’ tab) and a wide range of papers and presentations from past symposia (Professional Learning tab)


Using our LinkedIn groups

The CDI has a number of LinkedIn group for members, and discussions on international questions arise from time to time. Or you could start such a discussion yourself by posing a question. Existing groups are:

National groups Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

Community of Interest groups Careers Education | Independent Coaches and Consultants | Learning Difficulties and Disabilities | HE Advisers | Research. Visit the Communities of Interest.


Recording and reflecting on CPD

Remember that reading, talking and reflecting all count towards your CPD hours as long as you write a short reflective report in the My CPD section of your ‘My Portfolio’ record.


Useful Tips

Accessing the Members’ Area in order to record your CPD

To access this area click Login (at the top of the screen) and use your Members’ Area username (your email address) and password. Then click on Members’ Area, and choose Professional Register which includes the CPD Resources area and your personal CPD record. You can also access the Register directly by using the Professional Register link on the home page.

The site includes the facility to Request a new password. Remember that for the system to work well, you need to keep your details up to date and ensure that CDI emails are not directed to your spam box.

For any questions relating to CPD Recording please contact:


Dr Lyn Barham,

Project Associate (Research)

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